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What is OxyContin?

OxyContin, a brand name for the extended-release oxycodone, is used to reduce moderate to severe pain and pain that has lasted for more than a few days. It works by changing how a person's brain and nervous system react to pain. OxyContin is in a class of drugs called opiates, or narcotics. It sometimes is used together with other drugs.

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What is oxycodone hydrochloride?
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Oxycodone hydrochloride is a narcotic analgesic medication similar to morphine that is taken day and...
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Is oxycodone habit-forming?
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Yes. Although physical dependence on oxycodone is possible, it is unlikely if the lowest dose is...
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Who should not take oxycodone?
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You might not be able to take oxycodone if you have low blood pressure, asthma, chronic obstruct...
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Will I experience withdrawal symptoms after taking oxycodone?
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Maybe. Oxycodone is a potent narcotic with the potential for dependence. If you have been taking...
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